If you are looking for an easy appetizer for game day, make Grilled Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers. This delicious snack only requires 3 ingredients.

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Grilled Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers is the perfect appetizer or side dish recipe that is great for the big game or as a snack. Jalapeno’s are sliced and cleaned then filled with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon. Also try Grilled Jalapeno Popper Chicken

BBQ appetizer or a game day treat, these Jalapeno Poppers are a crowd favorite. They only require 3 ingredients and are easy to make. So much cheesy goodness, bacon and more make this the perfect game day snack or party appetizer.

What are Jalapeño Poppers?

Jalapeno poppers or jalapeno bites is an easy appetizer that is perfect for game day or as a snack. Grilled bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers recipe are simply sliced and hollowed out by remove the seeds and membranes. The jalapeno is then stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon.

There are a variety of ways to make these poppers. You can add in cheddar cheese, spices including garlic powder, ground meat or leave off the bacon. These poppers can be grilled, bacon or put in the air fryer.

Ingredients 

Ingredients needed - jalapenos, slice bacon, cream cheese
  • Fresh Jalapeños 
  • Slice Bacon 
  • Cream Cheese 

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Step by Step Instructions

Slice Jalapenos on a cutting board with a knife and a spoon

1st Step – Slice the jalapenos in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and ribs. I even cut the stem of the jalapeno while cleaning the fresh jalapeno pepper.

Spread the cream cheese on the jalapenos with a spoon

2nd Step – Spoon approximately 2 teaspoons of cream cheese filling into the middle of each jalapeño.

Wrapping the bacon around the jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese stacked in a bowl

3rd Step – Then wrap a slice of the bacon around each of the jalapeños and secure the bacon onto the jalapeño with a toothpick. We used thick cut bacon, but you can classic cut as well.

Placing the jalapeno poppers on the grill

4th Step – Preheat a grill over medium high heat (approximately 400 degrees F).  Then place the bacon wrapped jalapeños directly on the grill and cook for 15 minutes to 25 minutes until the bacon is cooked and crispy. 

  • 5th Step – Rotate the bacon approximately every 2-3 minutes to keep them from burning. You can even move them on the indirect heat side of the grill if they are burning.
  • 7th Step – Remove from the grill and let the set for approximately 5 minutes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Then serve the stuffed jalapeno poppers and enjoy.  

Recipe Tips

  • Softened Cream Cheese – Before spreading the cream cheese mixture on the jalapenos, make sure it is softened to room temperature.
  • Cream Cheese and Cheddar – Feel free to add in cheese to the cream cheese for added flavor and a delicious variation.
  • Wear Gloves – We recommend you wear gloves before slicing the jalapenos.

What temperature do you Grill Jalapeño Poppers?

After you have prepared the Jalapeno Poppers, preheat grill to about 400 degrees. We like to get our grill really hot as it helps to crisp the bacon and cook the jalapenos tender.

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What goes good with Jalapeno Poppers Recipe?

We make these Jalapeno Poppers with many different types of foods and for any occasions. We like to prepare them ahead of time and it makes it easy to throw on the grill while we are grilling out.

  • Grilled Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs – The bacon is easily wrapped around the hot dogs and cooked to a crisp on the grill or in the oven.
  • Grilled Lemon Pepper ChickenEasy and delicious grilled chicken recipe that is a perfect recipe to make when grilling poppers.
  • Oklahoma Fried Hamburger If you are grilling out hot dogs and hamburgers, make a side of these jalapenos. They make an easy appetizer for your guest to enjoy.
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How to Cook in the Oven

If you wanting jalapeno poppers but it is cold outside, make them in your oven. The bacon will still crisp up and the jalapeno will still cook tender.

Place the bacon wrapped jalapeños on a baking sheet lined with foil.  Bake at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes until the bacon is cooked through and crispy. 

We have even made them in our air fryer and they turned out crispy and delicious.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. We recommend waiting until the bacon wrapped poppers are at room temperature and then place them in the airtight container.

Can you Freeze Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers?

Yes, these are the perfect appetizer to make ahead of time. You can easily prepare the poppers as indicated and place them on a aluminum foil lined baking sheet and freeze them. Once the poppers are frozen individual, place them in a zip lock freezer bag and place them in the freezer.

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Grilled Jalapeño Poppers

5 from 42 votes
If you are looking for an easy appetizer for game day, make Grilled Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers. This delicious snack only requires 3 ingredients.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Remove from Grill and let Set 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer
Calories 143

Ingredients

  • 6 Jalapeños
  • 12 slices Bacon
  • 6 oz Cream Cheese
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Instructions

  • Cut the jalapeños in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and membrane.
  • Spoon approximately 2 teaspoons of cream cheese into the middle of each jalapeño. Then wrap a slice of the bacon around each of the jalapeños and secure the bacon onto the jalapeño with a toothpick.
  • Preheat a grill over medium high heat (approximately 400 degrees F).  Then place the bacon wrapped jalapeños directly on the grill and cook for 20-25 minutes until the bacon is cooked and crispy.  Rotate the bacon approximately every 2-3 minutes to keep them from burning.
  • Remove from the grill and let the set for approximately 5 minutes.  Then serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 
To Bake: 
Place the bacon wrapped jalapeños on a baking sheet lined with foil.  Bake at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes until the bacon is cooked through and crispy. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 143kcal, Carbohydrates 2g, Protein 4g, Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 29mg, Sodium 190mg, Potassium 80mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 274IU, Vitamin C 8mg, Calcium 16mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Laraine says:

    Can these be frozen ahead of time?

  2. Carrie says:

    Yes you can